November 30, 2017 – January 6, 2018
Saturday, December 9, 4:00–7:00 pm.
“Favorites Old and New” is an exhibition of work by critically acclaimed printmaker Lila Oliver Asher whose work has been widely exhibited and is held in numerous public collections.
Born in 1921, Asher studied to be a portrait painter. She says, however, that her experience during World War II, when she was a USO artist who sketched portraits of more than three thousand patients in military hospitals “somehow satisfied or cooled that desire.”
After the war, Asher taught at Howard University, where she encountered printmaking. She became known for her linoleum cut prints, which show her deep interest in human relations, with images of children, families and lovers, as well as Greek myths and Bible stories. As one critic wrote, “Asher has the consummate illustrator’s gift for seizing the proper moment, gesture and form with which to depict a particular theme or idea.”
Asher’s prints all show her fascination with line. Another critic noted that “Asher has built her entire career in art upon the firm foundation of line. We are all the beneficiaries of that …. Our eye follows her line and hears its music, even cues us to join the chorus.”
In addition to older pieces, this exhibit will include new work including A Woman of Valor. This is an artist book featuring nine separate prints based on Bible proverbs.
The exhibit will be on view from November 30, 2017 through January 6, 2018. There will be an artist reception on December 9, 2017 from 4 – 7 PM. The Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill will be holding Second Saturday events at the same time. Learn more about Lila Oliver Asher.